Late in May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law requiring employers doing business there to use E-Verify. Since then, many states have implemented mandatory E-Verify schemes.
E-Verify is an online employment-eligibility verification tool that allows employers to confirm that new hire names and other information match federal government database records. Participation in the free program has been voluntary, but increasingly is becoming mandatory.
Last week, the governor of Louisiana signed two pieces of E-Verify legislation. Beginning next month, Louisiana employers that contract with state and local government must use E-Verify. And, Louisiana employers that use E-Verify voluntarily will benefit from a safe harbor against sanctions for employing unauthorized workers.
In late June, Alabama’s governor signed a law mandating employers in that state to use E-Verify for new hires by April 1, 2012. Just before that, Tennessee and Georgia passed strong employment eligibility verification measures that include E-Verify mandates.
Arizona, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah already had laws mandating E-Verify use for employers doing business in those states. An additional 10 states, including Colorado, mandate E-Verify usage for state and local government contractors.
“E-Verify is spreading like wildfire,” says Ryan Adair, MSEC Manager of Immigration Services. “It will not be long before we hear a serious debate about a nationwide E-Verify mandate for most, if not all, employers.”